Freshly released research dispels an argument by pro-abortion groups about the viability of preborn babies.
In an attempt to justify late-term abortions, the abortion industry has argued for years that babies born 20 to 21 weeks after fertilization are not viable. But a paper just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics reports that babies born at that stage of development can be given the gift of life if there is a focus on saving them at birth.
Dr. David Prentice, vice president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, finds that to be exciting news.
"Two-thirds of these babies survive if you just do something to give them a chance," he shares. "Something so simple as trying to give them a little bit of oxygen, trying to help their lungs out so they can breathe better, keeping them warm – simple, common-sense things."
Prentice draws an analogy of a person in critical condition from an auto accident who is rushed to the nearest emergency room where doctors diligently work to save that person's life.
"And that's really the message from this newest JAMA paper," he explains. "If you just do something to try and help these very premature babies survive, they do. They call it active care."
According to the paper abstract, 58 of the 86 infants (67%) who received active care survived until being discharged from the hospital – and of the 106 liveborn infants in the study, 85 survived without severe complications.
Prentice contends this fresh evidence shows the viability standard is a quickly moving target – and that premature babies can be saved at increasingly early stages of the pregnancy.